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School of Science and Human Development

Dr. Tat Chan, Dean
The School of Science and Human Development includes a variety of professional programs with a strong liberal arts foundation. The curriculum in each discipline has been designed to prepare students to become outstanding professionals in their chosen field. Faculty who teach in the programs pride themselves on providing academic rigor in a nurturing environment.

The words Biology, Chemistry and Physics elicit different images from different people. Some will envision a research scientist in a white lab coat, while others will see individuals working to protect endangered species or to make products we use in our everyday lives more useful. Choice of majors includes General Biology, Zoology, Ecology and the Natural History of Plants, Health Occupations Science, Conservation Biology, Microbiology-Cell Biology, and Chemistry. Chemistry majors may elect to add a concentration in Forensic Science.

The Computer Science Department is the home of the Computer Science (CSC) and Computer Information Technology (CIT) majors. The CSC program aims to teach the science of developing computer applications and systems to solve real world problems. The CIT program focuses on more hands-on experience in software development and information technology. The CIT program has two concentrations: Business Information Systems (BIS) and Interactive Multimedia Application Development (IMAD). The BIS concentration puts more emphasis in developing computer solutions and systems in the business world. The IMAD concentration adds course offerings in the areas of user interface design and implementation, computer graphics, and introductory concepts in game programming.

One of the primary concerns of the university, as well as one of its principle opportunities for service, is in the field of Teacher Education. Recognizing teacher education as an institution-wide responsibility, the university is committed to meeting the need for well-trained and dedicated teachers. Teacher licensure areas in majors offered by the School of Science and Human Development include Elementary Education, Middle Grades Education, Special Education, Secondary Mathematics, Secondary English, Secondary Social Studies, Music (K-12), Art (K-12), and Physical Education & Health Education. The unifying theme for all of the education programs is the development of professional educators as facilitative teachers who understand and value the process of learning. Our teacher licensure programs are accredited by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI).

Each major in the Physical Education & Exercise Science department includes courses which address the content or knowledge base for its related profession and an introduction to related professional organizations and employment venues. An especially attractive component of each major is the numerous opportunities with which students are provided in order to gain "hands on" experience in "real world" settings working in cooperation with and under the direct supervision of professionals in their chosen fields of study.

Whichever area of study you choose, know that our faculty will be available to provide you with guidance and support as your pursue your professional goals.

Dean, School of Science and Human Development